The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and creative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to harness the extraordinary amount of untapped creative potential in society - by empowering people to be active participants in creating a better world.

Overview of the RSA

The RSA is a registered charity. We depend on support from our funders, Fellows and sponsors. Find out how you can support the RSA or explore sponsorship opportunities.

Action and Research Centre

RSA Action and Research Centre combines practical experimentation with rigorous research to create a unique programme of work. Our approach is inspired by our history of solving big problems by unleashing the human potential for enterprise and creativity.


Tackling the challenges we face in the 21st century requires us to draw on the best thinking and new evidence about the world around us. The RSA is committed to strengthening public debate and to providing free public platforms for debate, discussion and for sharing the best new thinking across a range of disciplines.


Working with our global network of 27,000 Fellows to be a force for civic innovation and social change. Our networks provide an opportunity to build momentum around new ideas and create innovative solutions.


The intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 250 years.

Our mission

In the light of new challenges and opportunities for the human race our purpose is to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfilment and social progress which speaks directly to our strapline - 21st century enlightenment.

Find out more about our mission

Governance news

AGM 2014 – Next year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 5pm. View more information

For more information, visit the governance page.